Ruling Party Accuses French FM of 'Violent Antipathy' Towads Kabila
[RFI] The Democratic Republic of Congo's (DRC) ruling coalition has accused French Foreign Affairs Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault of "violent antipathy" towards the country's president in an ongoing row over whether Joseph Kabila will stand for a third term in office.
Open Letter to Thabo Mbeki - the DRC Needs Your Help - Now More Than Ever
[Daily Maverick] In an open letter to President Thabo Mbeki, TSHENE WEDI asks the former president to protect the Democratic Republic of Congo's fragile constitution - the same constitution Mbeki helped to create.
Capital Quiet During Anti-government Strike
[VOA] The streets of the Kinshasa were quiet Wednesday after the opposition called for a general strike. The main opposition coalition in the Democratic Republic of Congo is protesting a deal signed earlier this week between President Joseph Kabila and a smaller opposition platform that would postpone elections by nearly two years and leave Kabila in office in the interim.
Warlord Surrenders but Will Justice Prevail?
[HRW] This week the warlord GĂ©dĂ©on Kyungu Mutanga surrendered in southern Democratic Republic of Congo with about 100 of his fighters. Instead of arresting him, local officials in the provincial capital of Lubumbashi gave GĂ©dĂ©on a celebratory welcome. No doubt as a political gesture to the government, GĂ©dĂ©on wore a shirt with a photo of President Joseph Kabila and the slogan "Shikata" - which means "stay for a long time," a reference to efforts to extend Kabila's preside
Election Delay - 'Violence Could Escalate'
[Deutsche Welle] The move by DRC's Constitutional Court to approve a controversial request by the electoral commission to postpone November elections is seen by observers as problematic and likely to provoke violence in the country.
Ban Notes Conclusion of National Dialogue, Urges Active Engagement With All Stakeholders
[UN News] Taking note of the wrap-up of the African-Union mediated national dialogue in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged the Government to remain actively engage with all political stakeholders, and called on political actors not involved in the talks to resolve their difference peacefully.
Bemba and Four Associates Convicted for Witness Tampering
[Bemba Trial Website] Congolese opposition leader Jean-Pierre Bemba alongside four associates, who include two of his former defense lawyers, have been convicted in the witness bribery trial at the International Criminal Court (ICC). Their sentences will be announced at a later date.
Hague Court Finds Bemba Guilty For Bribing Witnesses
[ICC] Today, 19 October 2016, Trial Chamber VII of the International Criminal Court (ICC) delivered its judgment in the case of The Prosecutor v. Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo, AimĂ© Kilolo Musamba, Jean-Jacques Mangenda Kabongo, FidĂ¨le Babala Wandu and Narcisse Arido and found the five accused guilty of various offences against the administration of justice. These offences related to the false testimonies of defence witnesses in another case before the ICC: The Prosecutor v. Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo (Main
Opposition Rejects Vote Delay, Calls for Strike
[Al Jazeera] The main opposition party of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has strongly rejected a decision to push back this year's election to April 2018, calling it a "flagrant violation" of the constitution.
Rwanda's Sugira Wins AS Vita Club Player of the Month Award
[New Times] AS Vita Club forward Ernest Sugira has been named the Congolese club's Player of the Month, earning himself the Award Banavea, for the month of September.
Verdict to Be Delivered in First ICC Witness Tampering Trial
[Bemba Trial Website] Tomorrow, judges will deliver the judgment in the first witness corruption case handled by the International Criminal Court (ICC). The verdict in the trial in which there are five accused individuals will be delivered in open court at 14:30 local time in The Hague.
Constitutional Court Okays Postponement of General Elections
[Deutsche Welle] Congo's constitutional court has approved a request by the electoral commission to postpone the November election to update voter lists. The controversial move means President Kabila could stay in office until 2018.
'Dialogue' Aims to Set Elections for April 2018
[VOA] In the Democratic Republic of Congo, participants in an African Union-mediated dialogue are expected to unveil a controversial deal to hold elections in April 2018. The country's main opposition coalition has boycotted the talks and called for a general strike Wednesday.
Congo's South Sudan Rebel Problem
[IRIN] Butembo/North Kivu -The last thing eastern Congo needs is more armed groups, so the arrival of hundreds of South Sudanese rebels in the violence-prone region is cause for concern.
EU Steps up Pressure to End Unrest, Organize Polls
[VOA] The European Union is ready to step up pressure on the Democratic Republic of Congo, including imposing sanctions, to end the unrest in the east of the vast nation and to push for elections next year.
ICC Prosecutor On Violence in Congo
[Foroyaa] The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Fatou Bensouda has expressed concern over the critical situation and recent incidents of violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo ("DRC"). She focused particular attention on the events and certain alleged acts that took place in Kinshasa in September 2016, which could constitute crimes within the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court ("Court" or "ICC").
Cholera Death Toll Doubles
[CAJ News] Kinshasa -THE deadly cholera is wreaking havoc in the Democratic Republic of Congo with the number of cases and deaths doubling from last year. More than 22 000 cases have been reported, including more than 5 500 involving children.
Bandits' Attacks Target Peacekeepers
[CAJ News] Kinshasa -ESCALATING attacks against United Nations peacekeepers in Central African Republic may be classified as war crimes and punishable by international law. The warning comes amid a spate of violence on personnel of the United Nations Mission for Stabilization in Central African Republic (Minusca) by bandits.
Govt Delays Election to 2018
[Al Jazeera] The government of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) says it will push back next month's presidential election to April 2018, in a move that is expected to keep President Joseph Kabila in office until the delayed vote.
DRC 'Dialogue' Aims to Set Elections for April 2018
[Ghana Star] In the Democratic Republic of Congo, participants in an African Union-mediated dialogue are expected to unveil a controversial deal to hold elections in April 2018. The country's main opposition coalition has boycotted the talks and called for a general strike Wednesday.